The Incredible Ruins at Palenque

The Incredible Ruins at Palenque

There isn’t much I can write about the site at Palenque that hasn’t been written many, many times before and written by more knowledgeable authors than this one. But it is a site that has a special place in my heart.

I first came across references to the archaelogical information on this site in the late 90s when I read a couple of books by the author Maurice Cotterell. His work over many years on decoding the lid of Palenque (a tomb covering slab – intricately carved with pictograms and glyphs) was fascinating and his work uncovered a deeper set of meanings in the carvings that told stories and even had moving images (yep I know – check it out) like cartoons. He went on to link other carvings in Egypt, Peru and other famous sites of archaelogical disocvery in the same manner showing that diverse cultures across the globe had similar stories and iconographic cultures.

Suffice it to say I was very excited to visit the place at the root of this incredible work. We pulled in to an RV park/Hotel 1km from the ruins – Mayabell –

 

Hanna at Mayabell, Palenque, Mexico
Hanna at Mayabell, Palenque, Mexico

 

to find a lush tropical rain forest, with howler monkeys, tropical thunder and lightening storms and a meeting place for overlanders. The park itself has great facilities – good showers (hot!) hook up and water and a swimming pool! We met some lovely overlanders there Pete and Natasha, Joe and Josie and the guys in the Uni-mog (Sort of like this – what a great beast of an overlander vehicle). The temperature was around the 30 to 35 degrees C and the humidity must have been in the 80s or 90s. But mainly we were there for the ruins so lets take a look at them.

 

The Divine Kings of Palenque
The Divine Kings of Palenque

 

The First Temple in the Complex at Palenque
The First Temple in the Complex at Palenque

 

Temple Two at Palenque
Temple Two at Palenque

 

The Inner Temple Complex - Palenque
The Inner Temple Complex – Palenque

 

3 Story Tower in the Centre of the Main Temple Complex - Palenque
3 Story Tower in the Centre of the Main Temple Complex – Palenque

 

Remenants of the Original Wall Decoration - Palenque
Remenants of the Original Wall Decoration – Palenque

 

Colonnade and the Typical Roofing Design - Palenque
Colonnade and the Typical Roofing Design – Palenque

 

Deep in the Underground - Palenque
Deep in the Underground – Palenque

 

Street Scene - Palenque
Street Scene – Palenque

 

Deep Deep in the Underground - Palenque
Deep Deep in the Underground – Palenque

 

Relief of Gods and Rulers - Palenque
Relief of Gods and Rulers – Palenque

 

Something to Watch Over You - Palenque
Something to Watch Over You – Palenque

 

Water and Drainage in Better Condition than Some Modern Cities - Palenque
Water and Drainage in Better Condition than Some Modern Cities – Palenque

 

Some Random Strangers - Mark and Saskia at Palenque
Some Random Strangers – Mark and Saskia at Palenque

 

Buildings on Buildings on Buildings - Palenque
Buildings on Buildings on Buildings – Palenque

 

Overview 1 - Palenque
Overview 1 – Palenque

 

Overview 2 - Palenque
Overview 2 – Palenque

 

NIce View - Palenque
NIce View – Palenque

 

Jungle Rocks - Palenque
Jungle Rocks – Palenque

 

In the museum next to the ruins many artifacts and displays show off the amazing treasure that was unearthed there – including Lord Pakals tomb and the lid of Palenque.

 

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Mayan Society Information - Palenque
Mayan Society Information – Palenque

 

Artifacts from Palenque Museum

Mayan Society Information - Palenque
Mayan Society Information – Palenque

 

Artifacts from Palenque Museum

Mayan Society Information - Palenque
Mayan Society Information – Palenque

 

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Jade Jewellry and Mask - Palenque
Jade Jewellry and Mask – Palenque

 

Jade Mask - Palenque
Jade Mask – Palenque

 

The Lid of Palenque - Lord Pakal's Tomb
The Lid of Palenque – Lord Pakal’s Tomb

 

Relief on the Side of Pakal's Tomb - Palenque
Relief on the Side of Pakal’s Tomb – Palenque

 

Artifacts from Palenque Museum

Life Size Relief of Pakal - Palenque
Life Size Relief of Pakal – Palenque

 

Artifacts from Palenque Museum

 

An incredible experience and an incredible place – go there if you can.

Leave us a comment or ask a question below.

Mark and Sas x

6 Responses

  1. Sam
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    Thats so beautiful.Inspiring trip .Thanks

    • Mark
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      Hi Sam – Thanks for reading, we are glad you find what we are doing inspiring – knowing that helps to remind us to be inspired.
      Mark and Sas x

  2. Michael renovich.
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    Stunning

    • Mark
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      Hey Michael – I think so too.
      All the best,
      Mark x

  3. Dad
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    What a fantastic place.
    Were there pics of it before it was restored?
    What is the spindley building on the top in’Buildings on Buildings on Buildings – Palenque’ all about. They look completely different to everything else.
    D.xx

    • Mark
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      HI Simon,
      Unfortunately although the place and the museum are amazing, after a few minutes questions like the ones you asked spring to mind and there are no answers to them – so no before and after pictures and what that spindley building is/was I have no idea – sorry 🙂
      Mark x

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